Camino- in-Place, Part 9: Logrono to Najera
Leaving Logrono pilgrims pass the La Grajera Reservoir before walking on through beautiful vineyards and wide valleys. The words of poet Eugenio Garibay Banos, painted on a wall alongside the trail, speak of the spirit of the Camino: “The force which pulls me, attracts me too, I cannot explain it. Only He above knows why.”
We are addicted to noise.
Whether it’s background music, podcasts, or our incessant texting, we live in a whirlwind of stimuli. Noise has become the norm. Silence is foreign, and if we’re honest, a little scary.
In a few days I’ll be flying to London to join another 40+ souls for the first week intensive of Supercoach Academy. Beyond the excitement of meeting like-minded people and learning more about coaching from the inside-out, I’m particularly interested in exploring how to become a facilitator of silence.
No, this doesn’t mean fixing my clients’ problems so they can relax and enjoy a hard won break. No again, I’m not going to teach them how to settle their busy thinking or change their chatty habits through practices and techniques.
I am going to facilitate silence. Their own. The one we all share.
The space we come from and move through. I’m going to point to the door that opens onto the absolute quiet that we are and where all cool, creative stuff arises. The force that pulls us, and attracts us too.
Inner peace, not as the absence of inner chatter, but as the awareness that we are not our thoughts, we are not our stories. Inner peace, as the knowing there’s nothing to do to get there. We are there. Always. We are Home, familiar and warm, underneath all the fuss.
And who knows? Someone may yet get addicted to it. In the realm of the infinite, anything is possible.
PS #10: “You have a friend in me” + “To infinity and beyond” = I’m a Toy Story Coach!
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”― Pema Chödrön
Maryse Godet Copans © 2018